Ah, April Fools Day, when you can’t trust anyone and you question everything you read online (which is probably how we should treat most things we come across online!).
Some people hate April Fools Day because of all the silliness it encourages, but we love seeing all the creative ways people come up with to make us laugh. That’s why we’ve rounded up some of our favourites, with a few lessons in how not to pull an April Fools Day prank (we’re looking at you Google).
1 Not so natural nails
Essence South Africa had its devoted customers fooled for an hour or two with the release of their new ‘wild’ nail polish range; bringing animal patterns to a store near you. One poor fan even asked when it would be in store. Grrrr!
2 Road rage
As funny as BusinessTech’s April Fools Day post was, we think they may actually be onto something. The online news portal posted an article that reported minibus taxis would be getting their own lanes on the road. Which we’re kind of bummed isn’t actually happening. The comments ranged from outrage to sense of humour failures to appreciation:
3 Fired up
Canadian Expedia.ca Airlines announced their newest flight partner as ‘Ginge-Air’, an airline that caters only for red-headed people. Watch the hilarious ad for the proposed airline below:
4 No laughing matter
This is not so much an April Fools Day prank as much as bad news if you love jokes and pranks. Following social media and online restrictions in China, China’s official news agency issued a warning about pulling pranks on 1 April, saying that the shenanigans were “inconsistent with core socialist values”. As you can imagine, people weren’t really sure if the government was being serious or if this was maybe the ultimate April Fools prank (hint: they were being serious).
5 Presidential party pooper
This one is kind of an April Fool’s prank reversed? On Twitter, it appeared that all the poor citizens of the United States of America wanted, was for Donald Trump to announce that his run for president was all just a big joke. Sorry y’all, it’s not.
6 Is it too late now to say sorry?
To end off we had to include at least one prank fail, which this year was brought to us courtesy of Google. They thought it would be funny to embed an obnoxious Minion mic-drop meme into all of their Gmail users’ accounts, allowing them to have the last word on an email thread and muting any responses. People who accidentally clicked the button ended up offending people and losing email threads they wanted to keep, resulting in Google deactivating the feature ASAP. True story.